One more person has died with Covid-19 in Wales and more than 380 new cases have been identified, latest figures show.
Public Health Wales (PHW) has confirmed there were 388 new lab-confirmed cases of coronavirus recorded for Wednesday September 30 – up on 366 on Tuesday and 286 on Monday.
But Dr Robin Howe, incident director for the novel coronavirus outbreak, said approximately 2,000 test results – which will include both positive and negative results – from the UK Department of Health and Social Care’s lighthouse labs have been delayed.
“This means that today’s test numbers will be an underestimate of the true picture of coronavirus in Wales,” he said.
“This is beyond our control, and we apologise for any inconvenience this may cause. The number of tests will in likelihood increase disproportionately over the coming days as the backlog of test results are incorporated into our reporting.”
The NHS body also added that one new death from the virus had been reported to them to bring the overall total to 1,616.
The figures come ahead of four local authority areas in north Wales – Denbighshire, Flintshire, Conwy and Wrexham – being placed into lockdown from 6pm on Thursday, October 1.
They join Cardiff, Swansea, Blaenau Gwent, Bridgend, Caerphilly borough, Llanelli in Carmarthenshire, Merthyr Tydfil, Rhondda Cynon Taf, Newport, Neath Port Talbot, the Vale of Glamorgan and Torfaen in having local restrictions.
Blaenau Gwent continues to record the highest rate of infections in Wales with 274.8 positive cases per 100,000 population in the last seven days – down on 307.7 the day before.
Infection rates for Merthyr Tydfil are the second highest at 213.8 cases per 100,000, which was down on 217.2 yesterday, while Rhondda Cynon Taf also remains high at 184 cases per 100,000 (a rise on 166.2 on Tuesday).
The Wales average per 100,000 population is now at 73.4 – up from 69.8 the day before.
These are the key details on Wednesday:
- Deaths reported today: 1
- Cases reported today: 388 (up from 366 on Tuesday)
- Number of tests carried out yesterday: 7,818 (down on 9,806 on Tuesday)
- Total deaths with lab-confirmed coronavirus in Wales: 1,616
Rhondda Cynon Taf (RCT) recorded the highest number of cases on Tuesday with 83, followed by Cardiff with 55, Swansea with 27, Flintshire with 21 and Newport with 20.
The other local authorities in double figures included Wrexham with 18, Carmarthenshire with 17, Bridgend with 16, Blaenau Gwent with 15, Vale of Glamorgan with 13, Neath Port Talbot with 12, Caerphilly with 11, and Conwy and Merthyr Tydfil with 10.
Meanwhile Torfaen had eight, Denbighshire had seven, Powys had five, Anglesey had three, Monmouthshire had two, while Gwynedd, Ceredigion and Pembrokeshire had one new case each.
These are the areas with the highest seven-day rolling totals for new cases (Sep 18-24). All figures are reported as cases adjusted for population (per 100,000 people):
Aneurin Bevan University Health Board
Blaenau Gwent: 274.8 (Down)
Torfaen: 51.1 (Up)
Newport: 58.2 (Up)
Monmouthshire: 19 (Up)
Betsi Cadwaldr University Health Board
Conwy: 46.1 (Up)
Flintshire: 53.8 (Up)
Denbighshire: 37.6 (Down)
Wrexham: 43.4 (Up)
Anglesey: 10 (Down)
Gwynedd: 14.5 (Up)
Cardiff and Vale University Health Board
Cardiff: 86.9 (Up)
Vale of Glamorgan: 41.2 (Up)
Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board
Merthyr Tydfil: 213.8 (Down)
Rhondda Cynon Taf: 184 (Up)
Bridgend: 106.8 (Down)
Hywel Dda University Health Board
Carmarthenshire: 66.7 (Unchanged)
Pembrokeshire: 8.7 (Down)
Ceredigion: 23.4 (Up)
Powys Teaching Health Board
Powys: 21.9 (Up)
Swansea Bay University Health Board
Swansea: 100 (Up)
Neath Port Talbot: 53 (Up)
Wales overall: 73.4 (Up)
Dr Howe added: “Public Health Wales supports the introduction of new coronavirus restrictions in four local authority areas in North Wales – Denbighshire, Flintshire, Conwy and Wrexham – following a rise in cases.
“The new measures will come into force at 6pm on Thursday, October 1 to protect people’s health and control the spread of the virus in the four areas.
“These arrangements are necessary in order to bring transmission of the virus under control in these areas. It is very important that we abide by the regulations in the areas in which we live and that we do not travel between local authority areas without a reasonable excuse.
“We thank the public in advance for sticking to these new restrictions, which are essential in reducing spread of the virus, protecting older and vulnerable people, and keeping Wales safe.”
He added that Caerphilly’s lockdown was leading to a “downward trend” of infection rates.
“Although we cannot categorically say this trend is a result of lockdown, we are cautiously optimistic and we are looking at a number of alternative sources to validate these results.”
Dr Howe said that Public Health Wales continues to work with the Royal Glamorgan Hospital where teams are “working at pace” to manage an outbreak of coronavirus.
“Given the extent of this outbreak, and on advice of Public Health Wales, the Cwm Taf Morgannwg Health Board is taking a number of urgent and significant actions to ensure the safety of staff, patients and communities,” he said.
“Significant temporary service restrictions will be put in place at Royal Glamorgan Hospital from 2pm on Wednesday, September 30 as increased action is taken to contain a Covid-19 outbreak within the hospital.”